‘House of Ninja’ involves family, tradition, deception

By Cameron Maldonado-Olea

Dysfunctional, sneaky and violent, Netflix’s new show “House of Ninja” builds up an entertaining story.

The show depicts a family that was part of the ninja world.

It follows the family as they leave the ninja life behind, while an old foe lurks and builds its

influence.

Haru, played by Kento Kaku, is the second oldest out of three siblings. He is dealing with depression.

Haru displays severe depression since an accident he caused, making him avoid his family as much as possible due to the guilt haunting him.

He isolates himself from his family and lives a nocturnal lifestyle to cope with his past of being a shinobi.

“House of Ninja” is a slow-paced, entertaining story with many intense situations. These include sneaking around and obtaining information.

When action does happen, it’s very bloody and exciting to watch as swords and fighting techniques clash.

The story of “House of Ninja’ may be too slow-paced for viewers who want action and instant conflict constantly.

Obtaining information through forms of deception and connection is what carries the show and makes it interesting.

The best example is when Haru’s mother Misa, Played by Tae Kimura, takes an office job in a company that has sensitive information about a target.

Misa creates the facade of a weak and clumsy assistant, serving office workers drinks. All the while she is sneaking around and searching for files that contain the survivor’s information.

Acting in this show is fantastic, each character introduced is distinct and recognizable. Misa and Haru stand out in this show.

We see more of Harus action and emotion with it being performed phenomenally.

A side character that stands out is Haru’s grandmother Taki, played by Nobuko Miyamoto. She is seen for most of the show as this kind and concerned elder. Yet she always takes a turn when it comes down to shinobi business.

Miyamoto does a great job in portraying a tough but kind grandmother, who represents the life and code of a shinobi.

The cinematography of this show is great, but nothing stands out as interesting or memorable due to it being too dark to see.

An example is a fight scene in a factory. This is a great choreographed battle as swords and skills are put to the test, but the scene was distracting as the lack of lighting caused viewers to miss half of the fighting.

“House of Ninja” is eight episodes, roughly 50 minutes per episode.

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